Australia on a gap year

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Take a Complete Gap Year in Oz
Travel AND work with this great package
Want to Work in Australia?
All the info you need to find employment Down Under
The Best Tours in Australia
See the highlights of this awesome country
A Total Guide to Australia
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Complete Gap Years in Australia
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Australia on a gap year is a must! It’s always been hugely popular with backpackers and for very good reason. The Land Down under has some of the best beaches, cities and national parks in the world, and offers unlimited opportunities for adventure. The culture is one of the most laidback and friendly on the planet, and it’s an easy place to find really well-paid employment. Australia is in the heart of Oceania, a region which also includes New Zealand and Fiji.

Australia: Complete Experiences

A really good option is to combine your flights with other essentials which bundles everything up into one handy package. We call these ‘Complete Gap Years’ and they are exclusive to our team of expert youth travel consultants. An example of a complete Australia gap year could include return flights, an introduction package, a couple of tours and a year’s worth of dedicated job assistance.

Includes return flights, Sydney beach and city tour, bank accounts and tax set up, and 12 months' job assistance

Travel and Work in Australia

The Complete Aussie East Coast

The Complete Aussie East Coast

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Flights to Australia and Oceania in general can be pricey, but if you book with us we can guarantee you the best deals on the market.

Round the World Flights

Many backpackers choose to incorporate Australia into a wider ‘round the world’ itinerary that takes in a few other countries as this usually works out much cheaper over all.

East Bound Walkabout

East Bound Walkabout

The World Escapade

The World Escapade

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Direct Flights

Alternatively, if you plan on spending all your time away in Australia and Oceania, we can fix up return or one way flights for you at fantastic rates. These will usually include a stop over in somewhere like Dubai or Shanghai, depending on the airline. It breaks up the long journey nicely!

Explore South Australia

Explore South Australia

Shanghai to Sydney

Shanghai to Sydney

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Work or volunteer

Australia is probably the best place in the world for backpackers to find employment. Not only is there an abundance of jobs, which cover everything from farm work in the Outback to white collar jobs in the heart of Sydney, but they pay incredibly well, even the minimum wage ones. This means you can not only accumulate some awesome CV fodder, but also a ton of cash too!

Jobs in Australia

We have SO MANY jobs listed here, so make sure you check them out and you’ll more than likely end up getting a job offer before you’ve even set foot in the country!

Work in the Aussie Outback

Work in the Aussie Outback

Assist in an Aussie School

Assist in an Aussie School

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Volunteering Placements in Australia

Alternatively, if you would like to make a really positive difference to this awesome country, there are many opportunities to do some volunteer work. Particularly popular are placements which allow you to conserve the incredible wildlife, including everything from working with bottlenose dolphins to helping out at kangaroo sanctuaries.

Volunteer with Dolphins

Volunteer with Dolphins

Care for Koalas

Care for Koalas

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Explore

You can literally spend your whole life exploring Australia and still not see everything: this island nation in the middle of Oceania is bigger than all the countries in Western Europe combined!

However, you can definitely see the highlights, which are frankly epic. Just the east coast alone boasts the likes of Sydney, the Whitsundays, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Then inland you have the Red Centre and the almighty Uluru (Ayers Rock). The tropical north gives way to stunning national parks and endless miles of desert, and over on the west coast you can swim with whale sharks and dolphins.

Tours in Australia

We have loads of awesome tours in Australia which will ensure you see all the best bits while making friends for life at the same time.

Red Centre Experience

Red Centre Experience

Explore the East Coast

Explore the East Coast

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Australia Highlights

And check out this interactive map of Australia to see where all the best bits are. Simply click on the stars for photos and scroll in and out of the map as normal.

Advice

We have HEAPS of amazing information and advice on travelling and working in Australia. If you’d like some quick overviews take a glance up there to the left: you’ll find info on everything from costs to getting around to the best things to do in Australia.

Alternatively you can check out some of these fantastic articles written by gapyear.com and its wider community. If you need direct answers, just hop onto the boards and fire a question out there – you’ll have a response in no time from someone who’s been there and done it.

Articles about Australia

A 3-Week Australia Itinerary

A 3-Week Australia Itinerary

An article by Hayley Griffiths
An Intro to Working in Aus

An Intro to Working in Aus

An article by Macca Sherifi
How to buy a car in Australia

How to buy a car in Australia

An article by Gapyear.com
A Guide to Arriving in Sydney

A Guide to Arriving in Sydney

An article by Tom Griffiths

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